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Mark Zuckerberg with kids at the 'Summer for Code Camp'

Mark Zuckerberg with kids at the ‘Summer of Code Camp’

Earlier this evening, we brought you the report that Facebook‘s Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria.

This is Zuckerberg’s first visit to Africa, and his first stop was at Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, Lagos.

He’s also billed to meet with developers and partners, as well as explore Nollywood.

Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.

At CcHub, Zuckerberg visited kids at the ‘Summer of Code Camp’.

At CcHub, also known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, people can learn how to code, developers can get help launching their first products, and find mentors and funding.

Zuckerberg met with developers like Temi Giwa, who runs a platform called Life Bank that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria.

Life Bank saves lives by mobilizing blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to where it is needed.

After visiting CcHub, Zuckerberg, said on his Facebook Page:

This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.

The first place I got to visit was the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps. I’m looking forward to meeting more people in Nigeria.

Mark then went to Andela, an engineering organization that is building the next generation of technical leaders in Africa.

Earlier this year, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative invested in Andela after being impressed by the company’s innovative model of learning and its drive to connect the global technology ecosystem with the most talented developers in Africa.

Seni Sulyman, Director, Andela Lagos, said:

We are excited and honored to welcome Mark Zuckerberg to Lagos. His visit reinforces not only his support of Andela’s mission, but his belief that indeed the next generation of great technology leaders will come out of Lagos, Nigeria and cities across Africa.

Andela has created a platform for passionate, driven software developers and engineers to break into the global tech ecosystem, but the barriers to entry are still very high.

Mark’s visit demonstrates to all Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs that they’ve caught the attention of the tech world, and they are capable of succeeding on a truly global level.

At the end of the day Zuckerberg stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos owned by Rosemary Njoku. Facebook’s Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs like Rosemary set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers.

This week, Facebook is launching a satelite into space to enable more entrepreneurs sell Express WiFi across Africa.

Mark Zuckerberg and Rosemary Njoku

Mark Zuckerberg and Rosemary Njoku

45 Comments

  1. uthman Saheed

    August 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I love this guy… Africans are coming there.

  2. The Real Oma

    August 30, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Love it!

  3. Someonecute

    August 30, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Hmmn.. I love this news!

  4. Cynical

    August 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    If only nigerian ‘rich men’ decided to give back to people in just their local governments sef….. The Nigeria we’ll have today will be soo different. Instead it’s to buy 10 houses in high brow areas that will be empty,buy private jet,throw expensive parties….. See Mark Zuckerberg that has no roots here trying his best to leave a legacy that EVERYONE(not just his immediate family)will remember him for. God bless you Mark.

    • kkay

      August 30, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      @ Cynical, that’s because majority of them “rich folks” are yet to evolve from “Kenya Pithecus” aka “Ape-dom”. Their brains are still frozen in the era of “One Million Years BC”.
      I wonder why NatGeo Wild is not showing a documentary on the “Nigeria Loot-Rich” – Survival of the ” greed-iest” (pardon my English). Lol

      @ LemmeRant, you echoed my thoughts.

  5. Rrrrrrr

    August 30, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Wao, just wao! This is quite amazing. He came in without ceremony or pageantry. Wao

  6. Anon

    August 30, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Goosebumps.

  7. cookie

    August 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    My dear cynical, thanks for that comment.
    Our leaders are very shameless. Thieves!! They won’t think of how to better their country, never. It’s to build 30 houses in their village and 20 hotels in other countries. Buy private jets and give their kids fab cars. No ideas, no innovation. Empty brains, all of them. I wonder how they travel abroad and see all the development and never feel shame. Mark, better human being, dike mmadu, welcome to Nigeria o jare. You deserve your success and wealth. If not for people like you… Zuckerberg, Gates, Einstein, Faraday.. the world for still be in darkness in 2016. Thanks for putting your brain to use. For being charitable. For being simple and yet humble.

    For those saying he will still benefit from it, let him ohhh. He creates value, he has the right to sell the value he created for income. Every inventor and entrepreneur benefits from their craft. If you don’t likey, create your own. Do the math– every single cell phone being used or ever used in Nigeria was imported.. for a country of 160million people, each have used 2 or more phones..that’s over 500 million imported phones. Same with cars, same with laptops, same with generators, and everything tech. We produce only churches and marriages. The white man has been benefiting from his inventions since nineteen gbiridim. Samsung. Toyota. Honda. Long before Facebook. All we do is consume. That is why it is 410 naira to a dollar today. Ain’t Mark’s fault at all. He owes Nigeria NOTHING. Let him enjoy the proceeds of his brilliance and creativity and let us bow our heads in respeck! . You think the genuises are here on blogs commenting? No. They are as we speak designing a new iphone7 or Galaxy8 .. thats how hard they work.

    • Mama

      August 31, 2016 at 2:17 am

      As in ehn! The political class and rich people in Nigeria (all of them without exception) will have a special queue on judgement day. The greed and selfishness is just too much. Nigeria should not be where we are right now, seriously!

    • Loba

      August 31, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      You actually echoed and wrote out what’s on my mind!

    • SVETLANA

      September 1, 2016 at 8:02 am

      U make sense die!!!!

    • Ama

      September 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Awwwwwwwwww
      Love ur comments. Makes a lot of sense

  8. 7nade

    August 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Very rich but very simple. Simplicity does it.

  9. nwa nna

    August 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I’m sitting here watching this video with a big smile on my face with goosebumps all over!
    I’m so proud of these young tech entrepreneurs that are innovating in Nigeria & he sub Sahara.
    Only, just only if our visionless leaders knew or understood the impact technology is having and will continue to have on the development of Africa…

  10. LemmeRant

    August 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    @cynical

    Selfish people will always be selfish people. Nothings is going to change that.

    And yes there are rich Nigerians who give back to the society, only that our media (for reasons best known to them including BN) has chosen to ignore them. They’d rather celebrate the rich ones who’ve made their wealth by robbing the poor, giving back stipends to them, they’ll rather show us the fancy shoes and the fancy cars, jewels, weddings of their children.

    This is what our media outlets concentrate on.

    Politicians that have destroyed this country are more celebrated than less popular Nigerians trying to make a positive change. The extravagant lifestyle is being put on a pedestal for us to aspire towards and thus, this is what drives the average young Nigerian. Make no mistake, the average Nigerian might want to be as rich as Mark, but just be sure he would ignore the values and character that makes a Mark Zukerburg.

    When we celebrate people that add no value to our lives more. Well, you get a “Nigeria”.

    • Lacey

      August 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      @LemmeRant!spot on!you just made my day!?

  11. Zella

    August 30, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I actually cried! This is beautiful history! I am so proud of these Nigerians. There is always hope no matter how small it seems.

  12. Michael

    August 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    1% will benefit.
    He gives 20% of which the 1% will chop mouth clean mouth
    He gets 80%

    simple as ABC

    #NewWorldOrder Agenda – what better place to start than Nigeria

    Sell your souls why dont cha

    • BikoShift

      August 30, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Uncle Michael, why can’t you just be HAPPY for the guys (and gals) who have worked super hard to put Nigeria on the tech map? ‘Chop mouth clean mouth’ indeed…

    • Abk

      August 31, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Michael, nothing I hate more than conspiracy theories, it actually annoys me. Although I don’t trust these Americans as they don’t do anything for free and always have agendas; your comment is absurd – towards the end. Too many Christians now focus solely on conspiracy theories, predictions, etc as opposed to following what God says. I blocked a few people like you in the past on social media.

  13. nnenne

    August 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Welcome to Nigeria Mark!
    May God grant you journey mercies.

    • Bimbo

      August 31, 2016 at 9:16 am

      ‘May God grant him journey mercies’ ? He doesn’t even believe in God! Is it God that will fly his jet back home? Or his pilot. Africa produces nothing but churches, superstition, witchcraft and dumb principalities.

    • Tru

      August 31, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Isn’t that the biggest irony of all? You don’t see Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg doing any bible-thumping, yet you can see their works bear fruit that impact positively on millions around the globe. Mark’s visit caught everyone by surprise. Little fanfare. And his first visit was not to Ikoyi or Lekki. He went to Yaba.
      I’m Christian, I love God and Jesus, but I am completely disenchanted by the churchiness and hypocrisy of our Nigerian society. I will let the world judge me instead by my fruit, just as they judge Mark by his.

    • Abk

      August 31, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Bimbo, your comment is s stupid; I can’t deal. To think we have the same name. Please when next you want to say bs on social media; use your other name.

  14. Abdul-Basid Computer Scientist

    August 30, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I love the Guy, #Mark, He’s very humble. In fact, I was influenced by him…

  15. Charlie Emmanuel

    August 30, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Jeans and polo as usual. I just love this guy’s simpliicity! Africans pls let’s be more simple with our appearance biko.

    • May

      August 31, 2016 at 4:19 am

      As in if it was one of ours that visit other countries you will see them dressed up trying to impress…. GOD please let me be this humble and simple when I have half of what he has. Amen!

  16. Ezeigbo

    August 30, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Welcome to Nigeria remember the freedom and human right of Biafra people

    • ybbil

      August 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Warris this please?

  17. ednutey

    August 31, 2016 at 7:51 am

    This is just to say that whatever you do should not be driven by money,rather it should be the passion that should be your driving force.
    Also, keep at whatever good thing ure doing even if its in your backyard,one day the “Mark” of that industry wld locate you or better still it wld make you the “Mark” of what ure good at.,cos God always reward hardwork and diligence.
    The publicity that these Andela and Rosemary have gotten now would definitely be a reward of all the silent hard work they put in.
    God keep blessing and taking you to greater height guys…

  18. Adesua

    August 31, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Water Water Water Loo Loo Loo !. Waterloo University steady raising innovative students.

    • Tosin

      August 31, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Spill please… I know Iyin went there, who else?

  19. Tosin

    August 31, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Completely.
    I also feel that if they knew better they’d do better. So two things: give more power/money to centers/people/institutions that will do more with it, and also train/coach money-miss-roads so that they can employ their lives and resources in more fulfilling ways.
    They need help.
    They need training.
    They need deliverance lol.
    A third related thing, every single person must have basic wealth, poverty must become extinct, that way the consequences of apes having wealth are not so dire.

    • Tosin

      August 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Error: I meant this as a reply to kkay

  20. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    August 31, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Is Mark Zuckerberg going to give them money, like grants?

    Put the kids / children on exchange progamme? Like visiting Silicon Valley California, accompanied by their parents, carers, educators, trainers, tutors, teachers…..?

    These are just questions.

  21. Lady Mo!

    August 31, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Zuckie came to Yaba my “harea” and did not holla? Iro ni o! L’abete mi!…lol

    Good to have you in Nigeria Mark, i see Lagos heat has gotten to you with the soaked t-shirt, pele love…lol

    Naija Politicians, una dey see ba… make una receive sense o!

  22. Ade

    August 31, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Good to see Mark in Naija. I hope everyone he’s come in contact with during his stay will be motivated by what he’s achieved and the simplistic way he lives his life. Now that we have gotten the pleasantries out of the way, lets not fool ourselves that this trip is by any means humanitarian. Its all about how FB will continue to grow and how they will force FREE BASICS down our throat. For anyone who understands what it is and what it means for net neutrality, you’ll agree that putting market power in the hands of FB and its cronies will do nothing for the growth of our tech ecosystem. I hope they have learnt their lesson from the Indian debacle and have changed approach. Time will tell

    • Bola

      September 1, 2016 at 12:23 am

      Unfortunately, our Nigerian leaders aren’t smart. That being said, I hope our “celebrities” aren’t so overhyped and obsessed about his arrival that they forget to use their heads and see the bigger picture. Guy sure didn’t come for nothing. Nigeria think!!!!!!!!!!

  23. TEMIBALO

    August 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    WOOOOOOWWWW!!! MARK IS SO SUPER humble jezzzz …so happy for u guys ..

  24. 042express.com

    August 31, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Such a role model to many! i love him

  25. kikelomo mary

    August 31, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    D fact remains that u can’t give what u don’t have. N dat is the problems of our leaders in Nigeria, most of them never have development and business Iquique before attaining positions, so they will be thought by those corrupted civil servants for their selfish interest. And Nigerian wl b saying d beautiful ones are not yet born, mean while they are already born but they will never b allowed to rule bcs of the selfish interest of our leaders. Therefore all we need do is to do dat which we knows how to do well pray to God to raise us a helper lk Mark Zuckerberg has visited Nigeria now n as well pray to God to heal our country Nigeria, our ignorance, our undeveloped characters and points out to dem areas of development .

  26. SolomonOlakunle

    September 1, 2016 at 1:21 am

    You are very brilliant and versed my dear .I love your take on this. Cheers!

  27. oceanspray

    September 1, 2016 at 5:25 am

    please give the youths a chance to prove themselves in this country, we are sick and tired of the old men handling things all by themselves.

  28. Bimbo

    September 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Mark, welcome, I no say ur visit is like tht, sme people no no ur mission for nig. only few knows, your visit to germany bring daily limit to 50, i hope u no cme to bring mre security on fcebook. over saby pikin

  29. Mih pheezy

    October 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Afa all u guyz dah are sayn rich people are doing this, rich people are causing that…poor people are this, mark zuckerberg is that………You all do realise he hasn’t actually done anything for us yet don’t you? He just visited places nd decleared what they were doing good!! So y don’t u guyz just take it down a notch nd shut up nd see for a minute what’s going on first before u comment

    …PS Michael – bro u came on a lil too strong buh I can see what u’re tryna say tho….made the only real observation in my genuine opinion (if I may add)

    Now bros as I said, STFU!!

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